Form of Government:
Board of Commissioners
Rockingham County is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners, elected at large to serve four-year terms. Terms are staggered so that, every two years, one to three Commissioners are up for election. Following the November election, the Board takes office at its December meeting, when a Chair and Vice-Chair are elected for a one-year term each.
The Commissioners enact policies such as establishment of the property tax rate, regulation of land use and zoning outside municipal jurisdiction, and adoption of the annual budget. Commissioners meet on the first and third Monday of each month, unless the meeting date is changed due to holidays or other reasons. (See 2017 Meeting Schedule
for dates.) Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m., with public hearings scheduled for the first Monday meetings at 7:00 p.m. There is a Public Comment Period at both meetings and citizens wishing to address the Board will be asked to sign up to speak. All meetings are conducted in the Commissioners' Chambers in the Governmental Center in Wentworth, unless otherwise stated, and are open to the public.
Under the leadership of the County Manager, the Commissioners' plans and objectives are carried out. Day-to-day operation of Rockingham County Government is the responsibility of the Manager and his staff. The County Manager has a variety of responsibilities, including the implementation of policies formed by the commissioners, the organization and administration of county departments, and the preparation of the recommended annual budget.